New "Nature and Learning Workshops" for children and families will be hosted by the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, every Thursday evening, January through April, from 6 to 8 p.m. Programs are presented by Rebecca Cunfer, and are part of a yearlong celebration as CCEEC marks 25 years of programming.

"Becky has been doing programs with us for several years, and has developed a great rapport with the children who visit," said Susan Gallagher, the center's chief naturalist. "She's put a lot of work into planning these activities, and I hope kids and their families come out to take advantage of them."

Programs are open to children ages 5 through 12, and their families. January activities include: Nature Culture and Crafts on Jan. 13; Bird Adaptations and Making Edible Bird Treats on Jan. 20; and Building a Frontier and Living Down on the Farm on Jan. 27.

Pre-registration is required and should by done by calling the center at (570) 645-8597.

For more information on the programs, contact CCEEC at the aforementioned number or visit [1].

Carbon County Environmental Education Center is located at the west end of Mauch Chunk Lake Park, just outside of Jim Thorpe, along Lentz Trail highway in Summit Hill.